Dunwoody College from Minneapolis has established a training center in Winsted, MN in an effort to quickly respond to the West Region’s manufacturing employment needs. A skilled worker shortage is impacting manufacturers located between Delano-Winsted-Hutchinson-Litchfield.This fall twelve students enrolled in a one semester (approximately 16 weeks) Welding Technician Program with a second welding class following in March 2015. Depending on employment needs for the local industries, a CNC Machine Operator Program would begin in September, 2015. To complement the training eleven businesses have formed a legal entity, “MOVE LLC” – “Manufacturing Opportunities for Vocational Employment” which will provide employment opportunities for successful graduates of these programs.
These industry recognized, non-credit training programs provide a “local” alternative to the traditional 2-year and 4-year post-secondary college pathways. They also allow recent high school graduates or other adult learners the opportunity to live at home or stay in the immediate area while enrolled in this training. Eliminating high living expenses that accumulate over time at away campuses is a win for students who want to keep college debt at a minimum. The Corporate and Community Training Center (CCTC) also creates a “win-win” situation for employers desperate for skilled workers as well as the graduates of these programs who will be offered immediate employment with a good wage and benefits. Class sizes will be small with an emphasis on hands-on applied learning utilizing customized curriculum focusing on the skills needed by the local manufacturing companies.
Enrollment has opened for the second “Fast Track” welding program which is scheduled to begin on March 2nd, 2015. The former NAPA parts building in downtown Winsted owned by Millerbernd Manufacturing has been converted into the Dunwoody CCTC. A representative from Dunwoody is at the location every Friday for tours and to provide more information about the program.
Dunwoody College is pleased and excited to respond to industry’s immediate training needs in this part of the State serving a new population not reached by Dunwoody’s Minneapolis campus. Thank you to Trevor Millerbernd, Millerbernd Manufacturing’s CEO, for providing leadership for this initiative as well as the local manufacturers that have joined the MOVE, LLC. A thanks also goes out to the local Chambers of Commerce for their support and outreach to businesses including the Winsted Chamber of Commerce, the Litchfield Chamber of Commerce and the Waconia Chamber of Commerce as well as the City of Winsted and the Southwest Initiative Foundation for participating in past discussions.
Registration is on a first come first served basis:
1. Applicants must visit a MN Workforce Center to complete The National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) which is currently free of cost and focuses on occupational skills needed for workplace success. MINNESOTA WORKFORCE CENTER LOCATIONS
2. Applicants must achieve an average score of a Level 3 for welding and a level 4 for CNC machining.
3. Registration into the welding program requires enrollment into each of the 4 welding classes listed below.
4. In order to secure your position in the program you are required to pay for at least the first two courses at the time of initial registration. WELD01120 Introduction to Welding Theory and WELD01110A Introduction to Welding Lab must be paid for in full to hold your spot.
5. Full payment for all 4 classes is required two weeks prior to start date.
|WELD01120||Introduction to Welding Theory|
|WELD01130||Welding Math, Prints & Symbols|
|WELD01110A||Introduction to Welding Lab|
|WELD01110B||Advanced Welding Lab|
|CNCM1050||Algebra, Trigonometry & Geometry|
|CNCM1100||Measurement, Materials & Safety|
|CNCM1110||Job Planning, Benchwork & Layout|
|CNCM1120||CNC Milling Level I|
CNC Machine Operator Program at CCTC – West Region Tentative Start: March 2016 Coming Soon